Christian Bale is not encouraging Emmeline, his 5-year-old daughter with wife Sandra “Sibi” Blažić, to become a child star.
Bale, who was thirteen when cast in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, would rather have her stay out of the fame game.
He tells Empire magazine, “(I) didn’t like that (being famous as a teen). That wasn’t for me at all. Some people can deal with it, but I found it to be a complete pain in the a**e and embarrassing. Also, there was the annoying notion of everyone going, ‘Ah, you should know better’ when I was done for shoplifting.
“But, no, I shouldn’t have known better. There was no reason I should. I could have done without that side of things. It was nice to go traveling and have those experiences (filming movies), but look, if anyone in my family – my nieces or my daughter – wanted to start at that age, I’d absolutely believe in and support their dreams, but I would tell them, ‘No b***dy way – not professionally.’
He reiterates that he just wants the best for Emmeline.
It’s just too young. You need to be anonymous at that age, you need to go and get into all sorts of trouble and not have anyone know who you are. It’s ruined when everyone knows who you are.”